Know Before You Go
There are several trailheads which can be used to climb the mountain. All lie on LP-4, the high mountain road which connects Santa Cruz de La Palma with Garafia and serves to support the astronomical observatories on top of the caldera. Pico de la Fuente Nueva is home to most of the observatories. Road access is restricted to the scientists so that the closest parking lots are at Degollada de Franceses on LP-4 to its east and on the top of Roque de los Muchachos to its west. Other trailheads are at Pico de la Nieve 5.5 miles (nine kilometers) to the south and Pico de la Cruz, 2km to the south-east. Follow LP-1 from the airport through the capital of Santa Cruz. After the city, at El Morro, LP-4 turns off to the left (west). There are signs for the observatories at Roque de los Muchachos. Follow the winding road toward Pico de la Nieve or Roque de los Muchachos. The Pico de la Cruz and Degollada de Franceses trailheads are directly beside the road in its highest section.